I wish to appeal to Chairman, House Committee on Human Rights and the National Human Rights Commission to officially acknowledge the receipt of the petition I mailed separately to the two bodies. I did call the House Committee Secretary, Ado Abdul Sule, earlier to inquire about the processes involved in submitting public petitions to the committee. He asked me to mail the petition to the National Human Rights Commission and mail the same petition to the committee.
I have duly mailed the petition along with all relevant documents to the House Committee and the Zonal South-west Office of the National Human Rights Commission via DHL express. The Sworn Affidavit was accompanied with a cover letter in each case explaining my complaints and prayers. The mails were appropriately delivered. I called the phone number provided on the Zonal South-west Office of the National Human Rights Commission and I was told that the mail was received. Similarly, Sule confirmed that the mail was received. I did appeal to him that I would appreciate if the receipt of the mail is officially acknowledged.
We must begin to show our citizens that they are duly respected and counted worthy by agencies established to protect their rights. This is the only way other nationals would begin to respect us and the culture of impunity would gradually become a thing of the past in our polity. I have lived in the United States for few years and my rights were never violated even as an international student. However, right in my homeland, my fundamental human rights were not only trampled upon but grossly violated and sustained with an orchestrated blackmail.
The observed anomalies have continued without being resolved. This is the basis for appealing to the House Committee on Human Rights and the National Human Rights Commission to come to my aid and help protect my rights as a Nigerian citizen. Once again, I appeal to the two bodies to officially acknowledge the receipt of my petition and investigate my complaints.
Akinlolu, Abdulazeez Adelaja,
University of Ilorin